Oscar in Box Office History (Week 32, 2018)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals at the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office each weekend historically. All data is collected from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office (as well as a section looking at the inflation-adjusted numbers). The third section is an alphabetical list of those films and the categories in which they were nominated. And to start each week off, we’ll be looking at the films releasing over the weekend that have the best chance of getting Oscar nominations and specifying the categories where we think they have the best shots at this stage of the game. If you have any suggestions for more data you’d like to see, please let us know.

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

BlacKkKlansman (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Directing, Actor, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design.

5 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 9-11, 2013

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Despicable Me 2 – $5,915,650 ($338,481,845 total) {week 6}
  2. Blue Jasmine – $2,345,407 ($6,041,246 total) {week 3}
  3. The Lone Ranger – $290,661 ($87,344,973 total) {week 6}
  4. Star Trek: Into Darkness – $287,830 ($226,801,056 total) {week 13}
  5. 20 Feet from Stardom – $194,228 ($3,851,512 total) {week 9}
  6. The Croods – $95,092 ($186,855,008 total) {week 21}
  7. The Great Gatsby – $84,474 ($144,710,213 total) {week 14}
  8. Iron Man 3 – $58,175 ($407,848,523 total) {week 15}
  9. Before Midnight – $46,199 ($7,940,526 total) {week 12}
  10. The Act of Killing – $38,537 ($239,259 total) {week 4}
  11. The Hunt – $23,065 ($458,936 total) {week 5}
  12. Searching for Sugar Man – $1,568 ($3,694,808 total) {week 55}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Despicable Me 2 – $6,497,756 ($373,454,139 total)
  2. Blue Jasmine – $2,576,197 ($6,665,434 total)
  3. The Lone Ranger – $319,262 ($96,369,546 total)
  4. Star Trek: Into Darkness – $316,153 ($250,234,375 total)
  5. 20 Feet from Stardom – $213,340 ($4,249,454 total)
  6. The Croods – $104,449 ($206,161,060 total)
  7. The Great Gatsby – $92,786 ($159,661,822 total)
  8. Iron Man 3 – $63,899 ($449,987,854 total)
  9. Before Midnight – $50,745 ($8,760,949 total)
  10. The Act of Killing – $42,329 ($263,979 total)
  11. The Hunt – $25,335 ($506,354 total)
  12. Searching for Sugar Man – $1,722 ($4,076,559 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 20 Feet from Stardom: Documentary Feature [O]
  • The Act of Killing: Documentary Feature
  • Before Midnight: Adapted Screenplay
  • Blue Jasmine: Actress (Cate Blanchett) [O], Supporting Actress (Sally Hawkins), Original Screenplay
  • The Croods: Animated Feature
  • Despicable Me 2: Animated Feature, Original Song (“Happy”)
  • The Great Gatsby: Production Design [O], Costume Design [O]
  • The Hunt: Foreign Language Film
  • Iron Man 3: Visual Effects
  • The Lone Ranger: Makeup and Hairstyling, Visual Effects
  • Searching for Sugar Man: Documentary Feature [O]
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness: Visual Effects

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 8-10, 2008

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Dark Knight – $26,117,030 ($441,628,497 total) {week 4}
  2. WALL-E – $3,140,083 ($210,206,582 total) {week 7}
  3. Hellboy II: The Golden Army – $1,254,895 ($73,539,575 total) {week 5}
  4. Wanted – $735,090 ($132,603,470 total) {week 7}
  5. Kung Fu Panda – $473,427 ($211,355,837 total) {week 10}
  6. Iron Man – $426,502 ($316,468,817 total) {week 15}
  7. Man on Wire – $274,040 ($435,943 total) {week 3}
  8. Mongol – $75,239 ($5,542,235 total) {week 10}
  9. Frozen River – $55,522 ($168,015 total) {week 2}
  10. The Visitor – $46,344 ($9,234,510 total) {week 18}
  11. Encounters at the End of the World – $40,783 ($723,966 total) {week 9}
  12. The Counterfeiters – $1,029 ($5,480,350 total) {week 25}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Dark Knight – $32,482,601 ($551,728,081 total)
  2. WALL-E – $3,905,424 ($262,611,844 total)
  3. Hellboy II: The Golden Army – $1,560,754 ($91,873,257 total)
  4. Wanted – $914,255 ($165,661,995 total)
  5. Kung Fu Panda – $588,817 ($264,047,613 total)
  6. Iron Man – $530,454 ($395,365,639 total)
  7. Man on Wire – $340,832 ($544,625 total)
  8. Mongol – $93,577 ($6,923,934 total)
  9. Frozen River – $69,055 ($209,902 total)
  10. The Visitor – $57,640 ($11,536,707 total)
  11. Encounters at the End of the World – $50,723 ($904,453 total)
  12. The Counterfeiters – $1,280 ($6,846,621 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Counterfeiters: Foreign Language Film [O]
  • The Dark Knight: Supporting Actor (Heath Ledger) [O], Editing, Cinematography, Art Direction, Makeup, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing [O], Visual Effects
  • Encounters at the End of the World: Documentary Feature
  • Frozen River: Actress (Melissa Leo), Original Screenplay
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army: Makeup
  • Iron Man: Sound Editing, Visual Effects
  • Kung Fu Panda: Animated Feature
  • Man on Wire: Documentary Feature [O]
  • Mongol: Foreign Language Film
  • The Visitor: Actor (Richard Jenkins)
  • WALL-E: Animated Feature [O], Original Screenplay, Original Song (“Down to Earth”), Original Score, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing
  • Wanted: Sound Mixing, Sound Editing

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 8-10, 2003

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl – $13,022,470 ($232,750,629 total) {week 5}
  2. Seabiscuit – $11,957,955 ($69,509,360 total) {week 3}
  3. Finding Nemo – $2,512,275 ($324,916,113 total) {week 11}
  4. Whale Rider – $927,408 ($12,836,967 total) {week 10}
  5. Dirty Pretty Things – $410,636 ($1,259,339 total) {week 4}
  6. Winged Migration – $307,524 ($7,049,362 total) {week 17}
  7. Spellbound – $122,364 ($4,976,508 total) {week 15}
  8. Capturing the Friedmans – $97,449 ($2,680,454 total) {week 11}
  9. Chicago – $55,106 ($170,547,681 total) {week 33}
  10. Nowhere in Africa – $39,973 ($5,955,712 total) {week 23}
  11. The Barbarian Invasions – $23,912 ($4,466,092 total) {week 14}
  12. The Weather Underground – $15,405 ($219,006 total) {week 10}
  13. City of God – $14,358 ($4,543,107 total) {week 30}
  14. The Man Without a Past – $8,529 ($893,637 total) {week 19}
  15. Frida – $6,060 ($25,885,000 total) {week 31}
  16. Bowling for Columbine – $4,260 ($21,560,052 total) {week 44}
  17. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – $7,792 ($339,772,508 total) {week 34}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl – $19,285,349 ($346,231,035 total)
  2. Seabiscuit – $17,708,879 ($103,399,496 total)
  3. Finding Nemo – $3,720,500 ($483,332,924 total)
  4. Whale Rider – $1,373,425 ($19,095,787 total)
  5. Dirty Pretty Things – $608,123 ($1,873,345 total)
  6. Winged Migration – $455,421 ($10,486,364 total)
  7. Spellbound – $181,212 ($7,402,865 total)
  8. Capturing the Friedmans – $144,315 ($3,987,342 total)
  9. Chicago – $81,608 ($253,700,282 total)
  10. Nowhere in Africa – $59,197 ($8,859,492 total)
  11. The Barbarian Invasions – $35,412 ($6,643,590 total)
  12. The Weather Underground – $22,814 ($325,785 total)
  13. City of God – $21,263 ($6,758,154 total)
  14. The Man Without a Past – $12,631 ($1,329,341 total)
  15. Frida – $8,974 ($38,505,547 total)
  16. Bowling for Columbine – $6,309 ($32,071,918 total)
  17. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – $11,539 ($505,432,736 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Barbarian Invasions: Original Screenplay, Foreign Language Film [O]
  • Bowling for Columbine: Documentary Feature [O]
  • Capturing the Friedmans: Documentary Feature
  • Chicago: Picture [O], Director, Actress (Renee Zellweger), Supporting Actor (John C. Reilly), Supporting Actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones [O], Queen Latifah), Adapted Screenplay, Original Song (“I Move On”), Editing [O], Cinematography, Art Direction [O], Costume Design [O], Sound [O]
  • City of God: Director, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography
  • Dirty Pretty Things: Original Screenplay
  • Finding Nemo: Animated Feature [O], Original Screenplay, Original Score, Sound Editing
  • Frida: Actress, Original Score [O], Original Song (“Burn It Blue”), Art Direction, Costume Design, Makeup [O]
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Picture, Editing, Art Direction, Sound, Sound Editing [O], Visual Effects [O]
  • The Man Without a Past: Foreign Language Film
  • Nowhere in Africa: Foreign Language Film [O]
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: Actor (Johnny Depp), Makeup, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects
  • Seabiscuit: Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Sound Mixing
  • Spellbound: Documentary Feature
  • The Weather Underground: Documentary Feature
  • Whale Rider: Actress (Keisha Castle-Hughes)
  • Winged Migration: Documentary Feature

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 7-9, 1998

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Saving Private Ryan – $17,398,000 ($103,770,977 total) {week 3}
  2. The Mask of Zorro – $5,508,627 ($71,641,665 total) {week 4}
  3. Armageddon – $5,318,807 ($172,771,899 total) {week 6}
  4. Mulan – $1,040,389 ($113,608,414 total) {week 8}
  5. Titanic – $965,212 ($597,285,686 total) {week 34}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Saving Private Ryan – $33,126,682 ($198,470,291 total)
  2. The Mask of Zorro – $10,488,708 ($137,020,413 total)
  3. Armageddon – $10,127,281 ($330,440,071 total)
  4. Mulan – $1,980,954 ($217,285,176 total)
  5. Titanic – $1,837,813 ($1,142,356,632 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Armageddon: Original Song (“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”), Sound, Sound Effects, Visual Effects
  • The Mask of Zorro: Sound, Sound Effects
  • Mulan: Original Musical or Comedy Score
  • Saving Private Ryan: Picture, Director [O], Actor (Tom Hanks), Original Screenplay, Original Dramatic Score, Editing [O], Cinematography [O], Art Direction, Makeup, Sound [O], Sound Effects [O]
  • Titanic: Picture [O], Director [O], Actress (Kate Winslet), Supporting Actress (Gloria Stuart), Original Dramatic Score [O], Original Song (“My Heart Will Go On”) [O], Editing [O], Cinematography [O], Art Direction [O], Costume Design [O], Makeup, Sound [O], Sound Editing [O], Visual Effects [O]

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 6-8, 1993

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Fugitive – $23,758,855 ($23,758,855 total) {week 1}
  2. In the Line of Fire – $5,810,389 ($77,351,000 total) {week 5}
  3. Jurassic Park – $5,117,615 ($292,168,690 total) {week 9}
  4. The Firm – $4,700,045 ($133,269,804 total) {week 6}
  5. Sleepless in Seattle – $3,652,362 ($96,478,551 total) {week 7}
  6. Poetic Justice – $2,102,095 ($25,107,237 total) {week 3}
  7. Scent of a Woman – $26,605 ($63,091,398 total) {week 33}
  8. The Wedding Banquet – $134,870 ($134,870 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Fugitive – $51,247,965 ($51,477,519 total)
  2. In the Line of Fire – $12,533,037 ($167,593,833 total)
  3. Jurassic Park – $11,038,720 ($633,032,162 total)
  4. The Firm – $10,138,020 ($288,751,242 total)
  5. Sleepless in Seattle – $7,878,162 ($209,036,861 total)
  6. Poetic Justice – $4,534,229 ($54,399,014 total)
  7. Scent of a Woman – $57,387 ($136,698,029 total)
  8. The Wedding Banquet – $290,915 ($292,218 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Firm: Supporting Actress (Holly Hunter), Original Score
  • The Fugitive: Picture, Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones) [O], Original Score, Editing, Cinematography, Sound, Sound Effects
  • In the Line of Fire: Supporting Actor (John Malkovich), Original Screenplay, Editing
  • Jurassic Park: Sound [O], Sound Effects [O], Visual Effects [O]
  • Poetic Justice: Original Song (“Again”)
  • Scent of a Woman: Picture, Director, Actor (Al Pacino) [O], Adapted Screenplay
  • Sleepless in Seattle: Original Screenplay, Original Song (“A Wink and a Smile”)
  • The Wedding Banquet: Foreign Language Film

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 5-7, 1988

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Who Framed Roger Rabbit – $5,895,616 ($105,420,503 total) {week 7}
  2. Die Hard – $5,738,404 ($29,417,206 total) {week 4}
  3. Coming to America – $5,065,482 ($100,477,310 total) {week 6}
  4. A Fish Called Wanda – $4,801,140 ($8,525,572 total) {week 4}
  5. Big – $2,709,551 ($85,062,070 total) {week 10}
  6. Bull Durham – $1,426,747 ($41,721,708 total) {week 8}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Who Framed Roger Rabbit – $12,809,696 ($230,078,324 total)
  2. Die Hard – $12,468,114 ($64,202,515 total)
  3. Coming to America – $11,006,023 ($219,289,896 total)
  4. A Fish Called Wanda – $10,431,674 ($18,606,905 total)
  5. Big – $5,887,175 ($185,646,416 total)
  6. Bull Durham – $3,099,964 ($91,056,866 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Big: Actor (Tom Hanks), Original Screenplay
  • Bull Durham: Original Screenplay
  • Coming to America: Costume Design, Makeup
  • Die Hard: Editing, Sound, Sound Effects, Visual Effects
  • A Fish Called Wanda: Director, Supporting Actor (Kevin Kline) [O], Original Screenplay
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Editing [O], Cinematography, Art Direction, Sound, Sound Effects [O], Visual Effects [O], Special Achievement Award (Animation Direction, Richard Williams)

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 12-14, 1983

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Return of the Jedi – $3,759,299 ($216,873,917 total) {week 12}
  2. Trading Places – $2,378,675 ($742,268,923 total) {week 10}
  3. WarGames – $1,753,897 ($61,168,601 total) {week 11}
  4. Flashdance – $1,327,937 ($73,552,047 total) {week 18}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Return of the Jedi – $10,657,314 ($617,574,297 total)
  2. Trading Places – $6,743,355 ($2,113,699,124 total)
  3. WarGames – $4,972,159 ($174,184,873 total)
  4. Flashdance – $3,764,596 ($209,448,210 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Flashdance: Original Song (“Flashdance…What a Feeling”) [O], Original Song (“Maniac”), Editing, Cinematography
  • Return of the Jedi: Original Score, Art Direction, Sound, Sound Effects, Visual Effects [O]
  • Trading Places: Original Song Score
  • WarGames: Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound

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